Laurent Fabius: The President of France’s Constitutional Council on International Environmental Law

Laurent Fabius, President of the French Constitutional Council, visited Yale in September 2018. Alix Kashdan (FES ‘20) spoke with President Fabius about several issues facing global environmental law today, including his vision to strengthen the legal links between national climate pledges and climate action.

#50: Diane Strauss

The Yale Initiative on Sustainable Finance (YISF) is a new program in partnership with the Center for Business and the Environment. Laura Brush (FES ‘19) interviews Diane Strauss, the Program Director of YISF, to learn more about this exciting new venture, her work, and how YISF is addressing challenges to integrating sustainability concerns into financial markets and investment decisions.

#49: Zach Wendling

Lucy Kessler (FES ‘18) sits down with Zach Wendling, the lead investigator for the Environmental Performance Index (EPI) for a discussion about the relevance of the biannual global report, now in its 20th year. They explore what has changed over time with regards to international reporting on environmental issues, as well as what this year’s report reveals about the state of environmental regulation and progress. 

#48: Dan Esty

Dan Esty is the Director of the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy (YCELP) and the Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy. Dan sits down with Lucy Kessler, the YCELP Communications RA, to discuss his new article “Red Lights to Green Lights: From 20th Century Environmental Regulation to 21st Century Sustainability,” on the need to shift the approach toward environmental regulation to embrace a new sustainability strategy for the 21st century.

#47: Rod Richardson

Rod is the President of the Grace Richardson Fund. Rod joins Lucy Kessler to discuss the concept of “Clean Tax Cuts,” an idea that stems from Ronald Reagan’s supply-side tax cuts but is applied to the concept of climate pollution. Learn how this concept could accelerate profitable solutions, and drive down the cost of capital, while increasing supply and demand for clean energy. 

#46: James Cameron

James Cameron, Executive Fellow with the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy and partner at Systemiq, joins Lucy Kessler, a student at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, for a conversation about clean energy finance, the private sector’s role in addressing climate change, and why he is optimistic about the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement. 

#45: Christine Todd Whitman

Christine Todd Whitman, former New Jersey Governor and US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator joins Stephanie Ratte, a student at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, for a conversation about the role of nuclear energy after the 2015 Paris Agreement.

#44: Liz Barratt-Brown

Liz Barratt-Brown, Senior Advisor to NRDC & Executive Committee member of the Yale Law School, and Advisory Board Member of the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy joins Catherine Martini for a conversation about Barratt-Brown’s career working on the Toxic Release Inventory, the Keystone XL Pipeline, international climate negotiations, and organic olive oil farming in Mallorca, Spain (www.pedruxella.com).

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